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Quest Academy board considers disciplining other school employees
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It was another late night on Tuesday at Quest Academy.
Twenty-four hours after firing the school's principal, board members at Quest have more heads on the potential chopping block.
Principal Connie Jordan was fired for abusing her authority and using taxpayer dollars for personal gain.
Now the school board is looking at possible discipline of three more school employees.
A former employee wrote a letter to the board saying the high school administration is incompetent and self-serving.
Action News tried to talk to Dean of Students Shawna Rice in December and January about the allegations against Principal Connie Jordan.
At that time, she defended Jordan. Now, she is being accused of having inappropriate relationships with basketball players and giving them special treatment.
The allegations include allowing them to hit on her in class and leaving campus alone with individual players and driving them in her personal car. The letter also says that she brought them food during class and ignored their truancy.
Also facing action Tuesday night was business manager Robin Vitiello and office manager Melissa Hester. Board members told Hester that school video cameras caught her and Jordan destroying records in Jordan's office last Monday when the school was closed for Martin Luther King Day.
The auditor that Quest hired found checks cut to Robin Vitiello that appeared to be unapproved bonuses. There are also allegations that she was forced to kick some of that money back to former principal Jordan.
Despite the fact that the State Public Charter School Authority has called the entire Quest administration dysfunctional and said they all may need to be replaced in order to save the school's charter, the board took no action against Rice, Hester or Vitiello.
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, the board said the allegations against Rice were for the most part unfounded. She was re-instated from the paid administrative leave she's been on for the past week. But board members believe she could use some mentoring and guidance on how to be a better administrator.
The board took no action against Melissa Hester or Robin Vitiello, other than to say there would be increased oversight and accountability demanded of both.
Board member Linda Kuhn pointed out, however, that they're not the only entity investigating allegations and that this may be far from over as the case is in the hands of the Attorney General.